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She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
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This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
The psychological chiller unfolds at a slow and thoughtful pace! Revealing a story about a lonely widower in his search for the perfect wife!
Were pretty much stuck in in slow burn drama mode for the majority of the film! It may even leave you questioning whether or not this is really a Takashi Miike film!
He does however leave a few intriguing bread crumbs along the way to compel us to continue on with this nightmarish journey into madness!
The audience for the most part has been masterfully lulled into a false sense of security! Our guard is down and were all wishing for Miike mode to finally kick in!
Remember the ole saying..
"Be careful what you wish…
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
This film tells the story of a television producer, a young widower who decides to remarry at the request of his son and friend. Yet, the woman he finds (in a fake audition to a movie) is far from being what he expected. Audition is a sadistically unforgettable film where pain is the crucial key to happiness.
Knowing that this film was directed by the psycho turned filmmaker (Takashi Miike) was very heplful because, in a certain way, I knew what to expect, I knew that something weird would eventually happen in the course of the film. This is a very well built film that leaves you stuck to the screen from the beginning to the end, the plot is…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Cómo cargarse media docena de reglas de guion y salir por la puerta grande. La sencillez extrema -también en la puesta en escena- consigue perturbar hasta lo insoportable incluso en una segunda visión.
"deeper, deeper, deeper..."
As with most Japanese horror films, I'm not entirely sure I *get* what is going on in parts of this. However, even though I'm sure I'm missing a lot, it was relatively effective.
(Edit: I should watch this one again, now that I've seen more Takashi Miike films. I could see myself appreciating this a lot more now, nearly 2 years later.)
Did I realize that I was going to be watching this movie the same week that Gamergate, a general assault on women that has me wondering why the 21st Century feels more like the 18th every day, hit the mainstream? I did not plan it that way. But like Maleficent, a movie I saw the week the NFL Asshole-of-the-Day scandal broke, the timing of my viewing of this horror movie which works as a feminist cautionary tale could NOT have been more perfect.
Audition should be accompanied with the strongest of warnings - closing your eyes will NOT protect you from this one - but if you're up for it, this seriously trippy, surprising, compelling drama is a hell of a ride.
And a great antidote for the #Gamergate blues.
Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) lost his wife Ryoko (Miyuki Matsuda) seven years ago, and his son Shigehiko (Tetsu Sawaki) suggests that he is looking old, and should remarry. His friend Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura) suggests they hold an audition to find someone that meets his qualifications. As soon as he read the resume for Asami Yamazaki (Eihi Shiina - Tokyo Gore Police), he knew she was the one. He starts seeing her, and one day she disappears. he tries to track her down using the few clues he has. He keeps coming up empty, but each clue leads to a strange story. He should have taken it as a warning. But he didn't have the chance. Fatal Attraction is nothing compared to this film.
I'm still not *entirely* sure, but I AM sure that I stand behind it and what it's saying about society, and that it's one of the most creatively edited films I've seen in a while.
Audition is now my favorite Takashi Miike film. It's so effective in its violence due to the pacing of film. Its a very very very slow crescendo to some painful and uncomfortable violence. The climax is so intense and is made so through the way the film is built.
The first two acts don't feel like a Takashi Miike film at all. They really set up the characters and get the story moving. If I were to just watch those parts I would have thought I watched a Japanese romance movie. The other two Miike films I have seen just start you right off with the fucking craziness. Visitor Q's first scene…
Unnerving in the most marvelous ways. This is a big one I've been meaning to see for a long time now, and it did not disappoint. The long, slow build-up - 47 minutes before we get our first inklings that something's wrong, and almost twice that long before said inklings are finally paid off - is astonishing. I'm not sure what Miike was known for before this film, but it makes perfect sense this would be his calling card ever after.
Having only seen this, 13 Assassins, and Sukiyaki Western Django, I think it's safe to say his style is marvelously adaptable across a wide variety of genres, and I love his restless filmmaking spirit. He's probably already made another film in the time it took me to type this review.
I don't know if I can ever watch this one again. It made me queasy.
But I can't stop thinking about it.
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